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    China lunches the first module of new Space Station

    NTD World News

    The Tianhe module - which contains living quarters for crew members - was launched from the Wenchang Space Launch Centre on a Long March-5B rocket.
    China hopes to have the new station operational by 2022.

    China has been a late starter when it comes to space exploration. It was only in 2003 that it sent its first astronaut into orbit, making it the third country to do so, after the Soviet Union and the US.

    So far, China has sent two previous space stations into orbit.
    The Tiangong-1 and Tiangong-2 were trial stations , simple modules that allowed only relatively short stays by astronauts.

    The new, 66-tonne, multi-module Tiangong station is set to be operational for at least 10 years.
    Beijing plans to have at least 10 more similar launches, carrying all the additional equipment into orbit, before the completion of the station next year. It will orbit Earth at an altitude of 340 to 450km (210-280 miles).

    The only current space station in orbit is the ISS which is a collaboration between Russia, the US, Canada, Europe and Japan.

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    And it seems that the Rocket Booster may fall to Earth in the next few days
    It is currently in an uncontrolled orbit around the Earth.

    I saw another recent report that said in the future Russia and China will partner in a Space Station or Lunar Station on the Moon.

    March 10, 2021

    Russian space agency Roscosmos says it has signed an agreement with China's National Space Administration to develop research facilities on the surface of the moon, in orbit or both.
    A statement from both countries' space agencies says it will be available for use by other nations.
    It comes as Russia prepares to celebrate the 60th anniversary of its first-ever manned space flight.
    Russia has been eclipsed by China and the United States in recent years. Last year it lost its monopoly on taking astronauts to the International Space station following SpaceX's successful launch.

    The US has announced plans to return to the moon by 2024. The programme, called Artemis, will see a man and woman step on the lunar surface in what would be the first landing with humans since 1972.
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